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Wentworth Shire Council
Wentworth
The Historic Port of Wentworth and surrounds
WENTWORTH
66 Darling Street Wentworth NSW 2648
T: 03 5027 5080
E: [email protected]
Open: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
Weekend & Public Holidays 9am - 1pm
Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday
www.visitwentworth.com.au
MILDURA
180-190 Deakin Avenue Mildura Vic 3500
(Cnr Twelfth Street & Deakin Ave)
T: 03 5018 8380
FC: 1800 039 043 (reservations)
E: [email protected]
Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5:30pm
Weekend & Public Holidays 9am - 5pm
Anzac Day 12pm - 5pm Closed Christmas Day
www.visitmildura.com.au
model
paddle steamer
display
Open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm
- The largest collection of its kind in the world.
- Over 30 hand-crafted replicas. - A life-time of work on display.
T: 03 5027 5080 Shop 29, Darling Street, Wentworth
Contents
SYDNEY
WENTWORTH
NSW Outback
10 - 13
Attractions
30
Calendar of Events
22 - 23
Trades & Services
31
Regional Festivals
14 - 15
Towns of the Shire
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Wentworth Town Map
16 - 17
Pubs & Clubs
33
Local Attractions
16 - 22
Accommodation
34 - 35
Attractions & Services
Members Guide
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Mungo National Park
A historic river town
Front Cover: P.S. Ruby
Russell James, Artic Design
Top from left to right: The Sweat box
Captain located at the Memorial Rooms
Russell James, Artic Design
The Murray Darling Confluence from the
lookout at Junction Park, Wentworth
Rob Blackburn, Destination NSW.
This publication is a joint initiative between Wentworth Regional Tourism Inc,
Wentworth Shire Council, & Destination NSW. Photography courtesy of Destination
NSW, Simon Bayliss, Don Fuchs, Rob Blackburn, MurrayRiverPhotos.com.au, Sunraysia
Daily, Tom Doolan and Russell James.
Publication produced by www.articdesign.biz. Printed by James Print, Mildura.
While Wentworth Regional Tourism Inc makes every effort to ensure the information
contained in this publication is true and correct at the time of printing, some
information may be incorrect or may have changed since publication. Information
contained in this publication is subject to change or update without notice.
Printed June 2015
The Port of Wentworth
History, culture and charm . . .
Welcome to Wentworth, where
the Darling River merges with the
Mighty Murray. Tributaries west of
the Great Divide feed these rivers
with summer monsoon rain to the
Darling and winter rain and snow
thaw to the Murray, making this
region ‘an oasis in the desert’.
Any wonder the township
retains a rich history, boasting a
fascinating natural and pioneering
diversity – our region offers
something for everyone.
In the late 1880’s, Wentworth
was bustling with river trade as
Australia’s busiest inland port.
Today things are a lot quieter
on the river. The paddleboats
have largely been replaced by
houseboats and other leisure craft
but some things haven’t changed;
Wentworth, the oldest town in
the region, still retains its Colonial
charm, yet displays obvious
community pride.
Enjoy the wonders
Clockwise, from top left: The Old
Wentworth Gaol, The ancient sands of
the Perry Sand Hills,
Rob Blackburn, Destination NSW.
Rose Garden at Australian Inland
Botanic Gardens. PS Ruby, Wentworth’s
‘flagship’, at the Wharf . “Running of the
Sheep” celebration.
. . . midst outback discovery
Explore the diversity
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A place of vivid contrasts, Wentworth offers visitors an array
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Above Left to right: The Mungo board walk. The “Wentworth” moored at the port.
Wine cellar at the award winning Trentham Estate winery.
Below: Eco adventuring with Moontongue on the Murray
in Gol Gol. Family fun at Orange World
Lots to see and do ...
There really is plenty to see and do in the historic
Port of Wentworth and greater Wentworth Shire. Visitors can enjoy natural features, historic
buildings, vivid landscapes, wide blue skies,
wonderful weather, river red gums, Perry Sandhills
(iconic red sand dunes ) - a great family playground,
or climb the viewing tower to say “hello darling” in
Junction Park.
The region, too, is famous for its sporting facilities,
boasting top class golf courses, tennis courts and
bowling greens. Not forgetting river activities, with
water skiing and fishing spots on your doorstep.
The rivers link this region, with the other towns of
Dareton, Buronga and Gol Gol just up-stream on
the Murray River.
They offer a mix of unique experiences from
houseboat adventures, to recreational pursuits and
horticultural insights.
Up-stream on the Darling you’ll find the old port
town of Pooncarie with walking trails, heritage
buildings and river landscapes to explore. To the
east of Pooncarie is Mungo National Park, a portal
to the past and world heritage listed area.
With these diverse experiences and a full range of
accommodation, every age group is catered for.
From outback farm stays, to river-view apartments,
motels and houseboat holidays or caravan parks,
visitors can choose their own pace to explore the
dynamic south west corner of New South Wales.
Relax on the water . . .
Where the rivers meet
The Historic Port of Wentworth is uniquely
located at the confluence (junction) of the
two greatest rivers in Australia; the Murray
and Darling. A perfect place for the creation
of Australia’s busiest inland port in river-boat
history. Wentworth helped provide transport
and trade from South Australia through to
Victoria, New South Wales and Queesland. Though paddleboats are fewer now, the rivers
are still vital lifelines for the town, giving
anyone the chance to captain their own boat
along the vast waterways.
The Darling River
The Darling River is Australia’s longest river. Many tributaries start in south-east Queensland and New South Wales as the river flows
2740km to end where it joins the Murray at
Wentworth. Sedimentary clay produces a
stark colour contrast when a good flush is
coming down, creating an inland delta around
Wentworth. Travel the length of this great
river utilising the ‘Darling River Run’ selfguided tour map.
Life-blood of the region
Top left: The confluence of Australia’s
greatest rivers. The Captain John Egge
statue on the Wentworth Wharf and a
view looking down the sloping banks of the Darling . Opposite: A morning
Paddle along the Murray in Gol Gol.
THE MURRAY RIVER
The Murray River also depends on tributaries
sourcing winter rains and snow-thaw for its
existence. Captain Charles Sturt named the
river after Sir George Murray, Secretary of
State for the Colonies, on his arrival here January 23, 1830. Acting as a natural border
between New South Wales and Victoria, it
flows 2530km from the Alps to the ocean at its
mouth near Goolwa, South Australia. The
introduction of weirs and locks in the 1920s
ensures a constant ‘weir pool’ in and about
Wentworth, allowing water sports and
recreational activities to become a major draw
card. Truly, one of nature’s best playgrounds.
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Gallery & Cafe
Wentworth
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Botanic Gardens
Buronga
Artback Australia Gallery, Cafe & Venue
Australian Inland Botanic Gardens
Explore the Cafe and Function venue housed in a unique, heritage building in the heart of town.
Discover a modern and exciting space combining
local art and seasonal food. View and buy original
art works, relax with a light lunch, glass of wine or
fresh coffee. Open Thursday to Sunday 8.30am to 4pm, or at other times by appointment.
Be amazed at the array of Australian flora on display.
The popular formal rose garden boasts 1600 bushes
and exotic plants which are grouped according to
region of origin. Explore on your own or discover with
a tractor train tour. Open weekdays, 8am to 4.30pm,
and weekends, 10am to 4.30pm. The gardens close
Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Adelaide St, Wentworth Phone 03 5027 2298
Website www.artbackaustralia.com.au
1183 River Road, Buronga Phone 03 5023 3612
Email [email protected]
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Eco Tours Gol Gol
Moontongue Eco Tours & Accommodation
We invite you to come and enjoy the fantastic
guided kayak tours we have to offer. We will take
you through the most breath taking scenery the
Murray and Darling Rivers can provide. Come on it’s
easy for all ages. You won’t be disappointed.
All weekends and after 5-30pm weekdays. Call Ian on 0427 898317. Licence HD 0473
Now on display at the Wentworth Pioneer Museum... Open 7 Days 10am - 4pm
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Historic Tourist Attraction
Wentworth
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Local Art and Craft
Wentworth
P.S. Ruby
Ruby’s Cargo Co-Operative Ltd
Visit Paddle Steamer Ruby (listed no. 10 on the
Australian Register of Historic Vessels). This fully
operational 1907 passenger riverboat is open Monday
to Friday for public viewing and operates from the
Murray Darling Junction at the Port of Wentworth.
Private cruises and functions by arrangement.
This unique gift shop provides an outlet for local artists
and crafts folk to display their creative handcrafts
reflecting the strength and spirit that is this district. We
have paintings, lurking lizards, gourmet foods and
more. Truly there is something for everyone hidden in
this local treasure trove.
Website www.psruby.com Email [email protected]
Cruise Bookings and Enquiries: 03 5027 5080.
Wentworth Place, Adams Street, Wentworth Phone 03 5027 2297
Choose a Murray River Paddlesteamer Cruise aboard
P.S. MELBOURNE & P.V ROTHBURY
Function Hire - Fully Licensed - Air Conditioned
Daily
Evening Dinner Cruise - Thursdays
-2HR Historical Cruise downstream through Lock 11
- River commentary - Kiosk - Light lunch available
- 7pm to 10pm - River Reflections - Live Music
- Carvery dinner - Sweet Selection - Tea & Coffee
Winery Cruise - Thursdays
Lunch Cruise -Tuesday (Seasonal)
- Leisurely Cruise upstream to picturesque Trentham
-BBQ lunch, salads & sweets - Winery Tour & Tastings
11:30am to 3pm to historic Gol Gol Hotel
Bistro Lunch - Indoor/outdoor dining
Cruises Depart From the Mildura Wharf.Tel: 5023 2200 Mob: 0409 502 322
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Tourist Attraction
Wentworth
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Garden Centre, Giftware and Cafe
Gol Gol
Old Wentworth Gaol
Gol Gol Gift & Garden
A self guided tour of the Gaol allows you to inspect
the inside of a historical land mark, designed to serve
a vast region. The Wentworth Gaol now stands as a
vivid reminder of those harsh and uncompromising
colonial days. The Gaolers residence has an extensive
range of souvenirs, giftware and a range of old wares.
Open 10am - 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
Discover the extensive range of giftware and
unique furnishings within one of Sunraysia’s
largest garden centres. There is always something
for everyone and for every occasion including
Sunraysia’s very own Christmas speciality shop.
Weather for your home or your garden, the
friendly staff are proudly “growing for you”.
Beverley Street Wentworth T. 03 5027 3337
www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au/tourism
Sturt Hwy, Gol Gol Phone 03 5024 8643 www.golgolgiftandgarden.com
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Tourist Attraction
Mourquong
Orange World
Tour a working citrus and avocado farm. Learn about
varieties, picking and a few tips for growing your own
oranges. Complete with a cafe, a range of gourmet foods,
including home-style citrus marmalades, orange blossom
honey, citrus soaps and cleaning products. Tractor tours
run three times daily from 10.30am, 11.30am and 2.30pm. Open 7 Days. Closed February and Christmas Day.
Silver City Hwy, Mourquong P/F 03 5023 5197 Website www.orangeworldmildura.com.au
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Winery and Restaurant
Trentham Cliffs
Trentham Estate
Relax on the picturesque banks of the Murray River,
enjoy a gourmet lunch at the winery’s restaurant or
sample the award-winning wines from the cellar
door. Named Best Tourism Winery (NSW) ‘07, ‘08 and
‘09. Houseboat moorings also available.
Sturt Hwy, Trentham Cliffs Phone 03 5024 8888 Email [email protected]
Website www.trenthamestate.com.au
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Olive Grove
Buronga
Varapodio Estate
Tour a working olive grove and enjoy tastings in the
Licenced Cafe. This unique, family owned attraction
offers olive-derived products such as olive oils, salad
dressings and a skin-care range and local products. Open Tuesday - Sunday. Tours run by appointment.
Block 60 Sturt Hwy, Buronga Phone 03 5023 2292 Website www.varapodioestate.com.au
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China & Ceramics Gallery & Garden
Gol Gol
Rest-A-While Gardens & Gallery
A hidden gem, these Gardens set on the Gol Gol
Creek are the perfect venue for your function or
styled wedding with peaceful secluded areas for
photo opportunities. The Gallery features
delightful hand painted original china pieces to
suit both traditional and contemporary homes.
11-13 Adelaide St, Gol Gol Phone 03 5024 8722
Website www.restawhilegardens.com
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River Cruise/Dining & Functions Wentworth
Wentworth River Cruises
Operating from the Historic Port of Wentworth,
cruise the Murray & Darling Rivers while enjoying the
most unique and relaxing experience in comfort and
style aboard the stunning, fully licensed vessel with
your hosts Greg & Julia Evans. Regular weekly cruises.
For Charter, Functions and Conferences.
Call 0408 647 097 [email protected]
Website www.wentworthcruises.com.au
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Tourist Attraction
Wentworth
Wentworth Pioneer Museum
Wentworth’s Pioneer Museum offers history dating
back 1.8 million years! Indigenous artefacts and
mega-fauna displays feature fossils from Wentworth
and Mungo National Park. Explore the rich history of
river trade and pioneer settlement in Wentworth.
117 Beverley Street, Wentworth
(Opposite the Old Gaol) Phone 03 5027 3160
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Pooncarie
A pathway of discovery to Menindee, Broken Hill and beyond
Mootwingee NP
Broken Hill
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Mildura
An Outback delight
Set on the sloping banks of the Darling River,
115km north of Wentworth, is the town of
Pooncarie, known locally as ‘The Port’.
A great spot to break your drive, stretch your
legs, fill your tank and grab a bite to eat,
Pooncarie provides a unique insight into life in
the Outback, albeit on the banks of a river. The locals are only too happy to share a yarn
about the town, its characters, and its history.
Like Wentworth, Pooncarie was once a
thriving port town, with paddlesteamers
laden with wool plying the Darling downstream for South Australia. The old Wharf site
still exists today for visitors to explore.
Pooncarie provides an alternative track to
Menindee and Broken Hill. But, if you have the
time, stay and explore – you’ll be glad you did.
The treasures of surrounding towns
Left to Right: The Pooncarie Mechanics’
sign marks the approach to town. The
Pooncarie Telegraph Hotel. The Murray
looking down stream at Gol Gol. The
manicured championship course at the
Coomealla Golf Club, Dareton.
DARETON
The town of Dareton is at the centre of the
Coomealla Irrigation Area, an ambitious
horticultural development begun in 1922.
The bush landscape was transformed into an
orderly pattern of vineyards and orchards, by
soldier settlers, following the two world wars.
The Dareton Agricultural Research and
Advisory Station has operated for 60 years
providing scientific data for vine and citrus
industries.
The Coomealla Memorial Club is a superb
entertainment and dining centre, and also
operates a championship golf course on the
banks of the Murray River. The area is an
angler’s paradise and habitat for fauna.
BURONGA
Early explorers and overlanders no doubt
would have passed by this site in the mid
1800s before pioneering graziers took up the
land between the Murray and Lower Darling
Rivers.
Originally part of the ‘Tapio Run’, Buronga is
situated on the Sturt Highway, just five
minutes from Mildura. It is a modern closeknit community based on light industry,
horticulture and viticulture. The Australian
Inland Botanic Gardens are situated close to
town, plus winery production and citrus and
olive orchards. A riverbank caravan park and
motels cater for accommodation needs.
GOL GOL
Established in the late 1870s, this town is
historically significant as an important coach
stop. Coaches were vital for communication,
Royal Mail and transport in the Wentworth
Shire. Up to six lines operated to and from
the area to Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
Gol Gol Inn was one of the major change
stations. Today, Gol Gol Hotel is still a
favourite stop. The town hosts a range of
accommodation and recreational activities
on the picturesque banks of the mighty
Murray river. An award winning boutique winery can be found at Trentham Cliffs.
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Hotel
Wentworth
Crown Hotel
Rachel and Tristin invite you to share their dining
experience or a quiet drink in the unique Fergie Bar.
Relax in the beer garden or soak up the live Friday
entertainment. Centrally located to the local
attractions and accommodation “The Crown” is the
perfect venue for a freshly brewed coffee or a private
function with conference facilities available.
52 Darling Street Wentworth Phone 03 5027 3061
Website www.crownhotelwentworth.com.au
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Entertainment and Dining
Wentworth
Wentworth Club
The Wentworth Club offers outstanding sports bar,
bistro, coffee shop and function facilities in a setting
on the banks of the Darling River. Located in the heart of the historic township of
Wentworth and close to local attractions, the
Wentworth Club is open 7 days from 10am.
Darling Street Wentworth Phone 03 5027 3302
Website www.wentworthclub.com.au
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Entertainment and Dining
Dareton
Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club
Boasting the Main Club, an 18-hole Golf Club and
Accommodation Resort you’ll never want to leave.
Relax in one of the deluxe spa rooms or sleep under
the stars. Accommodation ranges from motel rooms
to camp sites. The Main Club has a bistro, sports bar
and a children’s games room. Check out the
sensational meal deals and promotions.
Silver City Hwy, Dareton 1800 674 505, Ph: 03 5027 4505 www.coomeallaclub.com.au
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Hotel Motel
Wentworth
Royal Hotel Motel
The Oldest pub in Sunraysia Lic since 1866 with a
beer garden overlooking Darling River and Wharf. Motel rooms with undercover parking and Austar
from $55. Family owned and operated, home
cooked meals 7 days. TAB, drive thru bottleshop, ice,
bait and fishing gear. Houseboat moorings are only metres from beer garden. 41 Darling Street, Wentworth Ph: 03 5027 3005
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Hotel
Gol Gol
Gol Gol Hotel
Choose from the extensive a la carte bistro menu and
enjoy an alfresco dining experience under the patio,
overlooking rolling green lawns down to the banks
of the Murray River. If you’re cruising on a houseboat,
moorings are available so you can pop in for a meal. With modern facilities and friendly service, you’ll
keep coming back.
Sturt Hwy, Gol Gol Phone 03 5024 8492
Website www.golgolpub.com.au
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Hotel Pooncarie
Pooncarie Hotel
The Historical Pooncarie Hotel/Motel has been a
tradition in the far west Darling country since 1877.
Josh and Lee invite you in for a well deserved break,
a hearty counter meal, an ice cold drink or to share a
yarn and stay a while at this icon of the outback.
Tarcoola St, Pooncarie Phone 03 5029 5205 Email [email protected]
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Bistro & Restaurant
Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club
Sliver City Hwy, Dareton. Ph:03 5027 4505
Crown Hotel
52 Darling St, Wentworth. Ph:03 5027 3061
Gol Gol Hotel
Sturt Hwy, Gol Gol. Ph: 03 5024 8492
Pooncarie Hotel
Tarcoola St, Pooncarie. Ph:03 5029 5205
Royal Hotel
41 Darling St, Wentworth. Ph:03 5027 3005
Trentham Estate Winery
Sturt Hwy, Trentham Cliffs. Ph:032424 8888
Wentworth Club
Cafe Style
Artback Gallery & Cafe
Adelaide St, Wentworth Ph:03 5027 2298
Australain Inland Botanic Gardens
River Rd, Buronga. 03 5023 3612
Gol Gol Gift & Garden
Sturt Hwy, Gol Gol. Ph: 03 5024 8643
Orange World
Silver City Hwy, Mourquong. Ph:03 5023 5197
Varapodio Estate
Sturt Hwy, Buronga. Ph: 03 5023 2292
Wentworth River Cruises
Wentworth Wharf, Wentworth. Ph: 0408 647 097
Darling Street Wentworth. Ph:03 5027 3302
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Houseboat Wentworth
Adelora Houseboats
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Houseboat Buronga
Adventure Houseboats
Absolute quality. Fully equipped, attractive
rates and up to 12 berths. Private, secure on
site parking. Moored near the Murray Darling
junction. With over 200km of river at your
disposal, cruise to Mildura, Lock 9, or take a
leisurely trip up the Darling River. Now proudly associated with Mildura Houseboats,
the largest fleet on the Murray River. We provide
holidays for all size groups and budgets. Take one of our specialised packages, or enjoy a free style holiday on our beautifully appointed
houseboats. Call to inspect, or book today!
44 Cadell Street, Wentworth Phone 1800 817 731 Website www.adelora.com.au
Phone 1800 800 842
Email [email protected] Website www.mildurahouseboats.com.au
Houseboat
Wentworth
Lazaway Houseboats
Colin and Neva Cooke offer Houseboats for up to
12 people with all modern conveniences . FSC. All you need to do is unwind and relax .
Lazaway offers a 3 night minimum all year (Except peak time in January 4 night minimum)
Phone 03 5027 6342 Website www.lazaway.com
* Relax
* Enjoy
* Fish
* Swim
* Cruise
* Canoe
www.murraydarlingriverholidays.com
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Station Stay
Wentworth
Avoca-on-Darling Hospitality
Built in 1871, the heritage-listed ‘Avoca’ Homestead
is set on the tranquil banks of the Darling River.
Offering a unique range of accommodation, either
DB&B or self-contained. ‘Avoca’ invites you to
experience the romance of yesteryear. Tours by
appointment include morning or afternoon tea.
Phone 03 5027 3020 [email protected]
http://sites.google.com/site/avocaondarling
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Caravan Park
Buronga
Buronga Riverside Caravan Park
This Multi award winning park, is set on 23 acres
opposite the Mildura Wharf on the NSW side of the
Murray River. With absolute river frontage in both
large sites and cabins, includes 2 camp kitchens, 2 pools and jumping pillow. Enjoy Paddle Steamers
by day and the reflections of Mildura by night.
71a Caravan Park Road Buronga (Off Sturt Hwy)
T.03 5023 3040 [email protected]
www.burongacaravanpark.com.au
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Station Stay
Pooncarie/Wentworth
Bindara on the Darling
Enjoy the unique combined experience of a
historic outback property and eco-friendly living
at award winning Bindara on the Darling, located
south of Kinchega NP. Self catered or cottage style
B&B. Lawn or river caravan & camper trailer sites.
Phone 08 8091 7412
E. [email protected]
www.bindarastation.com
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Accommodation
Mungo
Mungo Lodge
Mungo Lodge is the gateway to Mungo National
Park. Explore the natural wonders of this archaeologically significant landscape without compromising on
luxury. Lodge facilities include licensed restaurant
and bar, gift shop and guest lounge. Open daily.
Mungo Lodge Phone 03 5029 7297 Email [email protected]
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Self-Contained Accommodation
Dareton
Coomealla Holiday Villas
Relax in the luxury of an award-winning holiday villa overlooking the
Murray River. Your host is proud to offer guests a comfortable stay with
easy access to a championship golf course, river activities, entertainment and dining venues. Featuring five spacious, two-bedroom villas,
each with separate lounge and dining room, kitchen and laundry. Golf & family packages a speciality.
28-30 Riverview Drive, Dareton Phone 03 5027 4868
Website www.coomeallavillas.com.au
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Motel
Wentworth
Darling Junction Motor Inn
Conveniently located at the entrance to Wentworth, the Darling
River, shops and attractions are an easy five minute walk away.
Modern motel-style accommodation in 24 recently refurbished
rooms and all meals available. Barbecue facilities and inground
pool. Coaches and bus tours welcome, and package deals available.
“The place to stay for quality at affordable prices”.
26 William Street, Wentworth Phone 03 5027 3636
Email: [email protected]
Website www.darlingjunctionmotorinn.com.au
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Motel
Gol Gol
Mildura Riverview Motel
With its unrivalled position overlooking the magnificent Murray River, this motel offers you something
different whether you are a business traveller or a
holidaymaker. All our 20 refurbished rooms offer
complete comfort so you can work or relax as suits you
best, and Mildura CBD is just 5 minutes drive away.
72-74 Adelaide St, (Sturt Hwy) Gol Gol Ph 03 5024 8778
Email: [email protected]
www.mildurariverviewmotel.com.au
A tranquil 5 acre setting amidst citrus and vines
with absolute river frontage. Relax in a peaceful
country atmosphere with no highway noise.
Water skiing, fishing, bushwalking, golf courses
and National Parks are all at your doorstep.
All this only 5 kilometres
from Mildura city.
Cnr Sturt hwy & Punt Road, Gol Gol
Phone: 03 5024 8541 Email: [email protected]
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www.rivergardenstouristpark.com.au
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Motel
Wentworth
Two Rivers Motel
Two Rivers Motel has everything you want in accommodation, 25
Ground floor units offering complete privacy and comfort in superbly
appointed suites, situated on Thegoa Lagoon overlooking bushland.
Group bookings welcome ample parking for coaches. From here it’s
easy to explore the wonders of our area.
198 Adams St, Silver City Hwy Wentworth. Phone 03 5027 3268
Email [email protected]
www.tworiversmotel.com
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Caravan Park & Angling Club
Wentworth
Fort Courage
Experience the Murray River, relax and drift away
with a stay at Fort Courage. Offering full river
frontage on a 70 acre park, only 18km from
Wentworth, Fort Courage is ideal for that getaway
or just some time out. Ideal for families and group
bookings with access to the region’s attractions. 1073 Renmark Road Wentworth Ph: 03 5027 3097 [email protected]
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Caravan Park
Wentworth
Willow Bend Caravan Park
Relax and enjoy the peaceful river-bank setting
at Willow Bend Caravan Park where you can set
up camp right on the water’s edge. Centrally
located, the park is 100m from the shops in
Wentworth and all amenities are within walking
distance. Willow Bend Caravan Park offers
standard, deluxe and river cabins as well as
powered sites, and powered and unpowered
camp sites. The park boasts huge grassed sites
and recreational areas. There are also spacious
disabled facilities available. The park provides a
barbecue area, canoe hire, a fishing tackle shop
and gas bottle refills. Native animals and birdlife
are in abundance, with possums and wild ducks
able to be hand fed. Pets by prior arrangement.
Visit the website for more information about
Willow Bend Caravan Park and the upcoming
events.
Darling Street, Wentworth Phone 03 5027 3213
Website www.willowbendcaravanpark.com
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Staying with the Outback Beds network allows you to experience working sheep
and cattle stations, B&Bs, self catering cottages, opal mining communities, heritage
indulgence, tranquil river campsites, family farm stays and inspiring eco-architecture.
You’ll find a great place to stay in a place you’ll never forget.
Elders Real Estate ‘Proudly owned by a local... Marty Deacon’
34 Darling Street. Wentworth NSW. Ph: 03 5027 3411
97-99 Lime Avenue Mildura VIC, ph: 03 5018 6800 19 Moore Street, Robinvale VIC. Ph: 03 5026 3050
. Residential . Riverfront . Rural Sales . Commercial
. Stock & Station . Clearance Sales . Water Sales
. Property Management . FREE APPRAISALS
Real Estate
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www.eldersmildura.com.au
Water Sales
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Community Bank Branch
Wentworth
Wentworth & District Community Bank Branch
Located in the heart of the historic port of Wentworth, we
have been supporting our district for over 15 years. Our
branch has distributed over $2.6million back to the
community and proudly support district projects such as
our new Ambulance Station, events including the Annual
Wentworth Show with support extended to various
sporting clubs, community organisations and schools. This Community Bank strives to deliver the best banking
solutions and customised service for all local residents
and visitors to our region.
Our friendly staff can assist you with all your banking
requirements. Why not buy some property and stay for a
while – relax and take in the scenery. Talk to our
enthusiastic staff about a competitive home loan. There is
an ATM conveniently located in front of our building to
assist you for quick and easy 24 hr access taking the stress
out of your time away.
36-38 Darling Street Wentworth Phone 5027 3362 Fax 5027 3799 Email [email protected]
Website www.bendigobank.com.au
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Hardware and Fishing Wentworth
Jeff & Rocks Hardware & Fishing
This is the place for all your gas and hardware
supplies. Jeff & Rock also specialise in chainsaw and
small-engine repairs, batteries, firearms and
ammunition. A must for bait, tackle, ice and fishing
licences. Call in to see the complete range.
38 Adams Street, Wentworth
Phone 03 5027 3184 Fireams Lic.No 408 788 882
WENTWORTH MOTORS
03 5027 3405
Shop 2, Adams Street, Wentworth
Open Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm.
Workshop 8am to 5pm.
- SERVICE - REPAIRS - SPAREPARTS
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Mungo National Park
Sands of time carve out the past
Top left to right: The old Mungo
woolshed. The iconic eroded formations of Lake Mungo and the natural wonders
of the Walls of China.
Don Fuchs, Destination NSW.
Discover the natural wonder - a unique land. Mungo National Park, is
part of the world heritage listed Willandra Lakes region.
Natural Beauty
Lake Mungo is Outback’s most famous ‘treasure’ . Thousands of years of sun, wind
and rain have etched an ancient landscape.
The 30km long ‘Walls of China’ are what
visitors want to see. It is a stark, silent place yet the surreal beauty is tangible.
Ritual burial sites and artefacts discovered
years ago, provided evidence that this area
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Mungo National Park Tours
was home to an ancient civilisation of
Aboriginal peoples. Fossils of mega-fauna,
and plantlife demonstrate unique characteristics for survival in this harsh environment.
Located 146km from Wentworth, the Interpretive Centre makes available tour maps, and
camp sites. Guided tour companies operate
regularly from Wentworth and Mildura. Wentworth, Mildura & Surrounds
Murraytrek Tours
Mungo National Park is our specialality. We have a maximum of 11 passengers per tour; small
groups are a popular concept. Murraytrek caters for
day tours and sunset, ideal for photography. Day tours
include morning tea, lunch & evening meal for the
sunset tours. Join your guide, Trevor Hancock who has
over 50 years of local experience to share in the
comfort of air-conditioned vehicles.
Phone FC. 1800 797 530 Website www.murraytrek.com.au
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Discover the rich past
The Wentworth Shire showcases over 150 years of pioneer
settlement and 40,000 years of Indigenous culture.
Thegoa LagOon and IndigEnous Trails
The Aboriginal people living along the Darling river were
known as the ‘Barkindji’ (or ‘Paakantyi’), meaning ‘belonging to
the river’.
Thegoa Lagoon with its proximity to the river junction, was a
natural ‘meeting place’ where Aboriginal people gathered for
Corroborees. Nothing’s changed - still a great ‘meeting place’.
Thegoa self guided tour brochures are available at local VICs.
Take in the natural beauty and learn of the archaeological
sites - including: middens, hearths (fireplaces), scar trees
(canoes, shields and tools have been removed from the River
Red Gum trees) and the marvel of the Boundary Tree.
These are remarkable living examples of the Aboriginal ability
to graft branches together to create an eye or ring in the tree.
Visible from across the river, they were a clever way of
marking a tribal boundary.
Thegoa Lagoon Reserve offers walk and drive trails and a bird
hide to observe flora and fauna, within minutes of the town
centre and popular Murray Darling river junction.
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The historic value
Above left to right: St John’s Anglican
Church. Paddle boats arrive at the port.
MurrayRiverPhotos.com.au
Tour of the ancient sites of Mungo. Don Fuchs Destination NSW. Below: Avoca on Darling Homestead The Old Wentworth Gaol.
Standing the test of time
Scattered throughout the Wentworth Shire
are fine buildings and structures - a legacy to
the pioneers and engineers of times long past.
From the grandeur of large homesteads
nestled along the rivers, to historic schools,
churches and the courthouse (in regular use
since 1879). Lift-span bridges still operate
today to assist riverboats, long retired farm
and household implements are displayed in
local parks and the Pioneer Museum, all a tribute to the perseverance of our pioneers and their strong will to provide for their
families. Graziers were the first to arrive - the
port town flourished. Irrigation later turned
the region into an ‘oasis in the desert’. What a
legacy they created for us.
The Old Wentworth Gaol
The most well-known building in Wentworth
is H.M. Old Wentworth Gaol. The first prison
designed for Australian conditions opened in
1881, a testimony to the building skills of the
day. The gaol served a large area yet only
operated until 1927. Open to visitors daily, a tour of the gaol gives an insight into what a struggle life could be in colonial times.
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Triumph over the extremes
In a region of diversity and at times adversity, pioneering,
will and community spirit can make anything possible...
Environment Attraction
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The rich beauty of the iconic rose garden,
just a taste of what this unique attraction
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From the pioneering of homesteads and once
expansive station empires of Avoca, Bindara
and Mungo, to the will and achievement of
the quality production of world exported
wine and produce of Trentham, Varapodio and
Orange World; these attractions all offer an
inside glimpse into the industry and harvest
practice from a region that hosts a successful
environmental balance.
One of the regions greatest demonstrations of
environmental management is the Australian
Inland Botanical Gardens. These beautifully
landscaped gardens offer displays of both
native and intercontinental plantings.
Complete with its famous rose garden, the
gardens provide a unique understanding of
the environment.
Visitors to these attractions can take part in a
variety of guided tours, enjoy the tastes of
fresh, local produce, relax with a local wine or
simply take in the beauty and diversity that
our region has to offer.
Opening and touring times are available from
the Wentworth Accredited Visitor Information
Centre. Phone: (03) 5027 5080.
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What’s On in Wentworth Shire
January 26
Australia Day Celebrations
January - February
Murray River International Music Festival
March
Mildura - Wentworth Arts Festival
March
Big Screen Film Festival
April National Trust Heritage Festival
April 25 ANZAC DAY Ceremonies
Easter Sunday
Junction Junk, Monster Garage Sale
Easter Sunday
Henley on Darling - Rowing Regatta
May
Pooncarie Field Day - (Bi Annual)
June
Sweat Box Art and Furniture Competition
July
Festival of the Flood Fergie Rally - (Every 5 years)
July
Triennial Junction Steam Rally
August Rock’n’Roll Festival
August Wentworth Show
September
Wentworth Regional Tourism Week
September
Country on Darling (Country Music Festival)
October Flying Doctor Rowathon
October Pooncarie Races
October - November
Jazz & Wine Festival
November
Calcutta, Race Week Celebrations
November
Wentworth Cup Race Meeting
December
Carols by Candlelight
December 24
Rotary Christmas Eve Street Party
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Regional Festivals
Mildura & Wentworth
Arts Festival
March
Enjoy the colour and splendour that is the
Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival. Events held
across the region over 10 days.
www.artsmildura.com.au/mwaf/
Mildura Country Music Festival
September - October
Kick up your heels for 10 days of non-stop
country music. With a range of free entertainment throughout the region.
www.visitmildura.com.au
A taste of village charm and festivities
Top left to right: Jazz Food & Wine Festival
on the banks of the Murray. Mildura
Wentworth Arts Festival. Paddleboats
celebrate a history of steam at the historic
port of Wentworth. Above Centre: Fergie
Tractors take to the streets in the Festival
of the Flood - Fergie Rally and All of the
fun and excitement of the Wentworth
Races on Cup Day.
Mildura Jazz, Food & Wine
Festival
October - November
Sample a selection of the region’s awardwinning wines and soak up the Jazz. Festival
runs for 10 days.
www.artsmildura.com.au/mwaf/
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MUNGO NATIONAL PARK 146km
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(A) The confluence of the Darling and
Murray rivers can be best viewed
from the observation tower.
(B) Stand on the island at the
confluence of the rivers with a natural
reserve walking track near the
Wentworth District Hospital.
(C) The Old Wharf on the Darling and
the Captain John Egge Memorial. A short walk from the main street to
the river front, once the scene of busy
river trade.
(D) Fotherby Park houses a range of
pioneer heritage including a ‘drop
log’ homestead, an original Chaffey
brother’s steam powered tractor, and
the iconic ‘grey Fergie’ the saviour of
the town in the 1956 flood.
(E) The Wentworth Rotary Pioneer
Museum and The Old Gaol for a taste
of Wentworth’s history.
(F) P.S. Ruby, Wentworth’s flagship. Open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm for inspection and an up close look at
her working steam boiler.
(G) See the Wentworth Visitor
Information Centre for more
information and up coming events.
(H) Riverboat Rod’s Model Paddle
Steamer Display. Open Wednesday to
Sunday 10am - 4pm. Over 30 handcrafted detailed models on display.
Going Out
Wentworth Trail
Travel back in history ... at your own pace
Visit 34 points of interest as you are guided
about Wentworth on the Wentworth Trail. The tour of the historic Port of Wentworth begins
at the Wentworth Shire Visitor Information
Centre, 66 Darling Street. It high-lights historical
buildings, from the Post Office, built in 1899, and
the Town Hall (1884) to cultural sites, such as
mussell beds and middens.
Australian Inland Botanic Gardens
An oasis in the desert
Take the time to discover the jewel of Sunraysia
with a visit to the beautifully landscaped botanic
gardens. There’s the Garnpang Homestead gift
shop, rose garden and plants representing every
Australian State and continent on display. A “Big Breakfast” & Market is also held on the 4th
Saturday of the month at the Homestead.
(I)Perry Sand Hills A natural wonder of Wentworth Explore the drifting sands of this ice-age
formation, home to mega fauna fossils and a
second world war RAAF practice range. Enjoy a
quiet stroll over the hills or go wild with the
endless fun to be had up and down the dunes.
(J) ROTARY WHARFSIDE MARKET
Enjoy the variety of stalls and displays at the Old Wharf at the
Historic Port of Wentworth with fun for the whole family.
This market brings festivities, fun and entertainment of a
traditional village market to the banks of the Darling River.
The Rotary Wharfside Market operates on the 5th Sunday of the
month, from 9am until 1pm. Entry to the market is Free.
For more information visit: www.visitwentworth.com.au
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Attractions
Artback Gallery & Cafe
www.artbackaustralia.com.au
Australian Inland Botanic Gardens
03 5023 3612
Coomealla Golf Club
03 5027 4517
Gol Gol Gift and Garden & Cafe
www.golgolgiftandgarden.com
Moontongue Adventure Tours
www.moontongue.com.au
Murraytrek 4WD Adventures
www.murraytrek.com.au
Old Wentworth Gaol
03 5027 3337
Orange World
www.orangeworldmildura.com.au
P.S. Melbourne
www.paddlesteamers.com.au
P.S. Ruby
www.psruby.com
Rest-A-While Gardens & Gallery
www.restawhilegardens.com
Riverboat Rod’s Model Paddle Steamer Display
www.visitwentworth.com.au
Rotary Wentworth Market
5th Sunday of the month
Ruby’s Cargo
03 5027 2297
Wentworth Pioneer Museum
03 5027 3160
Trentham Estate Winery
www.trenthamestate.com.au
Varapodio Estate
www.varapodioestate.com.au
Wentworth Military Collection
www.wentworthmilitarycollection.com
Wentworth River Cruises
www.wentworthcruises.com.au
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Accommodation
Motel
Darling Junction Motor Inn
www.darlingjunctionmotorinn.com.au
Mildura Riverview Motel
03 5024 8778
Two Rivers Motel
03 5027 3268
Edge Hotel Motel
www.edgehotel.com.au
Pooncarie Hotel
03 5029 5205
Royal Hotel Motel
03 5027 3005
Self Contained
Coomealla Holiday Villas
www.coomeallavillas.com.au
Elizabeth Leighton B&B
www.elizabethleighton.com.au
Unique Accommodation
Avoca on Darling Hospitality
sites.google.com/site/avocaondarling
Bindara on the Darling
www.bindarastation.com
Mungo Lodge
www.mungolodge.com.au
Murray Darling River Holidays
www.murraydarlingriverholidays.com
Outback Beds
www.outbackbeds.com.au
www.discoverwentworth.com
HouseBoat Holidays
Aaah! Willandra Houseboats
www.willandrahouseboats.com.au
Adelora Houseboats www.adelora.com.au
Adventure Houseboats
www.adventurehouseboats.com.au
Lazaway Houseboats
www.lazaway.com
Murray Darling Houseboats
www.murraydarlinghouseboats.com.au
caravan parks
Buronga Caravan Park
www.burongacaravanpark.com.au
Fort Courage
03 5027 3097
River Gardens Tourist Park
www.rgtp.com.au
River Road Caravan Park
03 5025 2772 Trentham Cliffs Caravan Village
03 5024 8545
Willowbend Caravan Park
www.willowbendcaravanpark.com
Businesses &
Services
Fuel
Fisher’s IGA Super store
03 5027 3127
clubs & hotels
Captain Sturt/Commercial Hotel
03 5027 3051
Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club
03 5027 4505
Crown Hotel
03 5027 3061
Edge Hotel Motel
www.edgehotel.com.au
Gol Gol Hotel
www.golgolpub.com.au
Pooncarie Hotel
03 5029 5205
Royal Hotel Motel
03 5027 3005
www.visitwentworth.com.au
Trades & services
Artic Design
www.articdesign.biz
Clarkes Newsagency 03 5027 3092
Elders Real Estate
03 5027 3411
Jeff & Rocks Fishing & Hardware
03 5027 3184
Murray Darling Taxis 03 5023 2239
NSW Agricultural Research Station 03 5027 4409
Wentworth Angling Club Inc 03 5022 0457
Wentworth Pharmacy
03 5027 3121
Wentworth & District
Community Bank
03 5027 3362
Wentworth & District Racing Club www.wentworthraces.com
Wentworth Motors 03 5027 3405
Wentworth Show Society
www.wentworthshow.org.au
For more information on
Outback NSW visit
www.visitnsw.com.au
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We’ve got it all...
We invite you to discover our natural wonders,
diverse landscapes and rich pioneer history
that is the Shire of Wentworth...
Join with us to celebrate
the rivers, the people and the outback
with the many regional events
and attractions we have on offer.
www.discoverwentworth.com